Preparing Your Home To Sell - Top 5 Most Over-Looked Things to Do

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This may not be everyone's Top 5 list, but it is mine.  I run across these things on a regular basis and even though some of them aren't huge, they can be important.  When you're preparing your home to sell, it's always good to look at the home from the Buyer's perspective.

This isn't a complete list of things to do to prepare your home to sell; this is just a small list of things that people usually forget about in the rush to get their house looking "Better Homes & Gardens" perfect.

  1. Dust all of your picture frames.
  2. Vacuum up all of the cobwebs (that means around the top of your cabinets, at the top of your vaulted ceiling, and any of those other hard to reach places)
  3. Clean all of the light fixtures in your home.  This means clean the dust off of the ceiling fans, polish the chrome, and dump out all of the bugs in those lights (yeah, you know you've got em!)
  4. Clean behind the toilet! Ewww!  I don't think I need to elaborate on this, do I?
  5. Clean your oven, refrigerator, and the microwave (I know, even though these items may not stay with the home, people will look inside)

If you would like a check list of things to do to get your home ready to sell, let me know! I'm happy to help!


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Andy Park
Weichert Realtors FH Realty - Forest Hills, NY

You are right, yet you forgot something important, get rid of the clutter first.  People assume just because the house is clean of dust and mildew, it will sell.  The best a seller can do is get a storage room or rent one and get rid of ( usually ) half of their personal belonging from the house.  The house will look so much bigger and welcoming.  Great post otherwise kelly

Jul 01, 2008 04:29 AM #1
Chip Jefferson
Gibbs Realty and Auction Company - Columbia, SC

Or I offer my clients a discounted one time clean uo from some great church ladies that do an awesome job. I hate cleaning this stuff myself!

Jul 01, 2008 04:58 AM #2
Kelly McDonald
Lagrange, KY

Andy - I totally agree with you - clutter is a huge thing! 

Laura - That's a great idea! I don't like cleaning either - it always amazes me where there are people who enjoy it :)

Jul 01, 2008 07:59 AM #3
Joe Adams
Major Mortgage USA/Branch Manager - Montrose, CO
#6 Cleand your windows on the outside and while you are at it..... rinse off your house.....
Jul 02, 2008 03:13 AM #4
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